Q-Tip to School Us On Industry Rules

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It looks like Jay-Z isn’t the only veteran MC with a book in the works. Q-Tip plans to release a title called Industry Rules through Ballantine Books during the latter half of next year. The book will include personal stories from the rapper’s more than 20 years in the game as well as his musings on the notoriously shady record industry. Should be a great read.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

Ballantine Books will publish Industry Rules by Q-Tip, world-renowned artist, producer, DJ, and lead MC of hip-hop’s legendary A Tribe Called Quest. It was announced by Libby McGuire, publisher of Ballantine Books. Assistant Editor Porscha Burke acquired North American rights for the group from Jay Mandel at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

Q-Tip was inspired to write Industry Rules as he acknowledged upcoming milestones in his personal life and professional career—most notably, 2010 marks the twentieth anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s first album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Jive Records, 1990). The main idea for the book grew from a verse Q-Tip penned a year later, in the group’s critically acclaimed 1991 release The Low End Theory. In the song “Check the Rhime,” he raps, “Industry rule number 4080: record company people are shady.” The book will expand on the 4080th rule and include more of Q-Tip’s thoughts on the entertainment business, fashion, love, and morality.

Q-Tip says, “It was important to me to write a book because on the whole, I feel we could all be more literate, and as an artist, I’m always looking for ways to do something cool, different, and both light and introspective at the same time. With so many influences, like Duke Ellington’s writing, or the music played by radio DJs in the 70’s, or just what you see hanging out on Linden Blvd., there’s a lot to say, and I look forward to reaching a bunch of colorful dudes and gals with the project.” The book will include never-before-told stories about Q-Tip’s personal experiences, family life, celebrity friends, inspirations, and career.

Q-Tip (Kamaal ibn John Fareed), has been pushing the envelope of creativity and breaking new ground for personal and cultural expression since founding the group A Tribe Called Quest with his friends, Queens natives Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Before officially disbanding in 1998, the group recorded five studio albums for Jive Records, including People’s Instinctive Travels…(1990), The Low End Theory (1991), Midnight Marauders (1993), Beats, Rhymes, and Life (1996), and The Love Movement (1998). Q-Tip then went on to release Amplified (Arista Records, 1999) and the critically acclaimed album, The Renaissance (Universal Motown, 2008), and will soon release his long-awaited LP Kamaal the Abstract (Battery Records, 2009).

Grammy Award-nominated and beloved by music lovers of all types, Q-Tip will add Industry Rules, his latest element to the pop culture canon, in late 2010.

Previously: Kaamal The Abstract to See Official Release


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33 Responses to “Q-Tip to School Us On Industry Rules

  1. Beezy Says:

    Beezy Says:

    July 16th, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    PHillMatic Says:
    July 16th, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    CiCi The Intern Says:

    July 16th, 2009 at 3:17 pm
    White privilege makes me sick.
    ___________________

    equally felt about affirmative action and food stamps,
    and I’m sure you benifited from both “Jaqueisha”

    ^LOL, CiCi struck a nerve with this cracka ass cracka

  2. ELECTROgREMLIN_CS88 Says:

    Bitches aint shit.

  3. TheCo!!inB aka Portly Gentleman #1 Says:

    strictly for the Cadi lovers, and never them nut huggin punk mother fuckers…..so quit spreadin them rumors, we aint Club Nuveau.

  4. Black Says:

    *record scratching sound*

    *music stops playing*

    *black stares* (c) Joe88?

    *violence ensues*

    ^^^LMAO!

  5. FaMs! Says:

    I don’t know what NYC shorty don’t go ham when this joint comes on

    youtube.com/watch?v=sfHLlIMcC_0

  6. A tribe called quest aka No Draws unda Im Big Brotha Thunda Says:

    “Industry rule number four-thousand & eighty, record company people are shaaaaddddyyyyy”

  7. Aram "Mr. Coke is a Popular Drug" aka Alfable Alpaca aka Congenial Complexion Says:

    Aram “Mr. Coke is a Popular Drug” aka Alfable Alpaca aka Congenial Complexion Says:

    July 16th, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    equally felt about affirmative action and food stamps
    ^^^
    WHOA

    I seent a hell of alot of white folk on Food Stamps.

    Affirmative Action dont mean shit when NYC unemployment rates are so uneven

  8. TheCo!!inB aka Portly Gentleman #1 Says:

    PhiladelphiaCi!!!

  9. Aram "Mr. Coke is a Popular Drug" aka Alfable Alpaca aka Congenial Complexion Says:

    I would read the book if he will go in depth and reveal inner linings of his life and be real introspective, but if he is going to sugar coat shit then he needs to GTFOH

  10. Beezy Says:

    i dont know one white person who doesn’t support some form of affirmative action…

    you gotta be the ultimate racist to speak ill of it

  11. Gravity Says:

    equally felt about affirmative action and food stamps,
    and I’m sure you benifited from both “Jaqueisha”

    _____________________________________________

    Shock value purposes maybe??? You can’t possibly equate caucasian privilege to that, dude… who sent you? (c) Land

    KzA Says:

  12. PHillMatic Says:

    I’m not a racist, but I’m not gonna let someone take cheap shots at me cause of their issues with race and self esteem.

    Because I’m not black on a hip-hop forum I’m gonna get treated like shit?
    fuck that NO!

  13. Aram "Mr. Coke is a Popular Drug" aka Alfable Alpaca aka Congenial Complexion Says:

    you gotta be the ultimate racist to speak ill of it

    ^^^^

    I SWEAR TO GOD!

    sheiiiiiiit why all the coaches in Football and Basketball got to be WHITE?

  14. Jamz Says:

    R.J.Orion Says:

    July 16th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    Jamz Says:

    July 16th, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    Slaughterhouse needs to resurrect Ras Kass’ career from the dead and give him the spot on the team…

    ————-

    i used to swear dude was the west coast GOAT …

    wtf happened ?… is his alcohol problem that serious ? …

    ^^No doubt! Ras was a beast back in the day! His first two albums still get rotation. Between bad contracts, liquor and jail time he hasn’t been able to recover…

  15. TheCo!!inB aka Portly Gentleman #1 Says:

    fact: govt assistance programs such as welfare and food stamps would not still be in place if a majority of it’s recepients were minorities. caucasoids are still the primary befifactors.

  16. A tribe called quest aka No Draws unda Im Big Brotha Thunda Says:

    i dont know one white person who doesn’t support some form of affirmative action…

    you gotta be the ultimate racist to speak ill of it

    –What white person would have the stones to tell a black person they appose affirmative action

  17. Black Says:

    ELECTROgREMLIN_CS88 Says:

    July 16th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    Bitches aint shit.

    ^^^This. I had this shorty giving me brain the other day. Her fiance calls her, bitch answers the phone and starts arguing with the nigga while shes stroking my pipe. She hangs up on the nigga and continues. That shit is just foul.

  18. Aram "Mr. Coke is a Popular Drug" aka Alfable Alpaca aka Congenial Complexion Says:

    Dave D’Alessandro of the New Jersey Star-Ledger looked closely at incentives in players’ contracts and there was an interesting one: ”Some incentives are bizarre. Consider Nick Collison of the Thunder — nice player, probably worthy of anybody’s power rotation. He gets $100,000 if he wins — wait for it — MVP. MVP? If he wins MVP, someone ought to anoint him king.”

    And evidently, Nick had no idea: “If I would have known this I would have been MVP a long time ago.”

  19. KzA Says:

    Good work PHill

    Makin it all uncomfortable for the Nah whites and shit.

    Good me lookin over my shoulder now.

    Cracka shots are already thrown out. SMFH

  20. Beezy Says:

    PHillMatic Says:

    July 16th, 2009 at 3:37 pm
    I’m not a racist, but I’m not gonna let someone take cheap shots at me cause of their issues with race and self esteem.

    Because I’m not black on a hip-hop forum I’m gonna get treated like shit?
    fuck that NO!

    ^well she definitely didn’t direct her comment to you…

    So by you reading it and immediately taking offense leads me to believe you have benefited in life from your skin color. No worries, shit happens.

  21. nation Says:

    Nah Right >

  22. A tribe called quest aka No Draws unda Im Big Brotha Thunda Says:

    I’m not a racist, but I’m not gonna let someone take cheap shots at me cause of their issues with race and self esteem.

    Because I’m not black on a hip-hop forum I’m gonna get treated like shit?
    fuck that NO!

    –*Slowly steps backs out of frame*

  23. Aram "Mr. Coke is a Popular Drug" aka Alfable Alpaca aka Congenial Complexion Says:

    Because I’m not black on a hip-hop forum I’m gonna get treated like shit?
    fuck that NO!

    ^^^^^^
    Nah and this is your stupidest argument yet.

    Youre going to be treated like shit because the stuff you said hold no actual merit, you blurted some stupid shit out with no reasoning or supportive argument.

  24. R.J.Orion Says:

    Because I’m not black on a hip-hop forum I’m gonna get treated like shit?

    fuck that NO!

    —————–

    LOLOLOL

    *dead at “fuck that NO!”*

    nate is right … Nahright >

  25. TheCo!!inB aka Portly Gentleman #1 Says:

    –What white person would have the stones to tell a black person they appose affirmative action
    ^
    white men. and I say that without being funny. their history has put them at the top of the food chain. Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) wrote a non fiction book called “Stranger Than Fiction” where he addresses what it feels like to really be a white man and how removed they are from many of life’s ills simply because they’re at the top.

  26. FaMs! Says:

    @ KzA

    I don’t know about you but just because I’m not an African American and like hip-hop doesn’t mean I’m gonna sell my self-respect.
    Anyone that disagrees and blow me.

    I listed some bands I enjoy and thought were cool, and this CiCi takes a “white privalege” comment like my knowledge of hip-hop is inferior to hers.

    Blow me CiCi…I’m not black and like hip-hop get over it cunt

  27. Beezy Says:

    *Phillmatics it up*

    *goes to elite private school at age of 3*

    *goes to college where his father is alumnus, booster and large donor*

    *accepts offer at prestigous white shoe firm*

    *believes he did it all on his own*

    *kills father for inheritance*

  28. Gravity Says:

    This. I had this shorty giving me brain the other day. Her fiance calls her, bitch answers the phone and starts arguing with the nigga while shes stroking my pipe. She hangs up on the nigga and continues. That shit is just foul.

    ^

    Stories like this make me wanna *George Clooney* it for life. Ninjas gotta get a grip and be men again, these hoes is out doing dirt ‘cos sucka ass dudes still stay in these relationships even after they find out their bitch been sloreing around.

  29. PHillMatic Says:

    did you get that email? I joined your site

  30. Jamz Says:

    From hip-hop to racial discrimination…

    This place hasn’t changed a bit…

  31. cOLD Says:

    Because I’m not black on a hip-hop forum I’m gonna get treated like shit?
    fuck that NO!

    ^ oh oh.

  32. Gravity Says:

    fuck that NO!

    ^
    *Epic sissy white guy tantrum statement*

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